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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Ind. Decisions - Justices decline to grant transfer in Grund case

The August 31st transfer list, at the bottom of page 1, declines to grant transfer in the case of Susan Grund v. State of Indiana, all justices concurring.

Today Scott Smith of the Pharos-Tribune, reports the background of the case. Some quotes:

James Grund was found dead of a single gunshot wound in August 1992, and a jury convicted Susan Grund of murder on March 16, 1994.

She has maintained she didn’t kill her husband, however, and was featured in a 2010 prison interview for the Investigation Discovery channel, where she sat down with former FBI agent Candice DeLong.

After the interview, DeLong, who became famous as the basis of the character Clarice Starling in the book and movie “The Silence of the Lambs,” pronounced Susan Grund a delusional narcissist and expressed deep skepticism about Grund’s recollection of events.

In the appeal, Grund’s attorneys argued former Miami County Prosecutor Wilbur Siders had improper contact with jury members from Grund’s first trial, which ended in a mistrial after jurors were unable to reach a verdict.

Siders acknowledged meeting with jury members from the first trial before the second trial, but first the trial court and then the appeals court found nothing improper in the contact. The Supreme Court’s decision not to grant a hearing means the earlier decisions will stand.

According to prosecutors, Susan Grund was arrested in November 1992 after her sister, Darlene Worden, told detectives Susan Grund had confessed to shooting James Grund.

According to family members, the confession was confirmed when Susan Grund’s mother later found that a large copper kettle, which she kept in her attic, had been filled with concrete.

According to court records, the mother took the kettle to police in Peru, who broke open the concrete and found the murder weapon.

The gun had been reported stolen about a month before the murder.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 6, 2012 09:06 AM
Posted to Indiana Transfer Lists